Those of you who have read the Grow Fins booklet written by John will find the structure of this book familiar – verbatim interviews with Magic. This astonishing book is both a vigorous debunking of the Captain Beefheart myth – a myth sold by the old snake oil salesman himself and swallowed willingly . Buy Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic by John Drumbo French (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.

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Ben rated it really liked it Apr 10, He felt that it was much too long but seemed unsure as to what needed to be done to it.

It looks like some of my suggestions may have been taken on board. A Sookie Stackhouse Colle Aug 16, Caroline rated it it was amazing. You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed.

Chapters start and end in often arbitrary locations, and the text jumps from topic to topic manically. Submissions should be in RTF format or in the body of the email.

Vol 1 Iss 2 Download Link. It could prove difficult for some fans not to mention non-fans who do not know the early Magic Band members and the other people on the periphery. I don’t feel like this review has really done justice to how valuable and frustrating it is, probably because I’m falling asleep. It was no picnic, and John French is very keen to tell you how horrible being in the Magic Band was most of the time.

Apr 04, Mark rated it did not like it Shelves: He did not believe in headphones or in being in the same studio as the tape machine playing the song, all technology was a mystery to him.


We are beefhsart open to submissions from artists for inclusion in the magazine. Jul 19, Mick Bordet rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: These are very interesting, but also kind of patchy, alternating between personal stories about the tracks, personal feelings on them, technical information about them, etc.

The depth of detail is both fascinating and frustrating. A real good companion to The Real Frank Zappa Bookwhich is often quoted and amplified on here, this is a thorough examination of Captain Beefheart’s life to and through the many incarnations of The Magic Band, as well as throjgh many members. Lists with This Book.

Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic

You will also find music and dvd reviews and the occasional interview with musicians and actors. I have no intention of beetheart any of that in this review. Beefheart himself of course wasn’t interviewed, and died the same year the beefheat came out.

Given that these stories are confirmed through interviews with several former band members, I think it’s safe to conclude that they are accurate accounts of what actually happened, and not tales spun by a bitter John French. Coming across like Alan Partridge crossed with Father Ted’s Golden Cleric acceptance speech, it’s clear that French is still and probably quite rightly incredibly bitter towards Don Van Vliet.

The manuscript could easily have been cut down by two thirds. As a consequence, I sk This can hardly be called a book. Eyds can hardly be called a book. A must for any person remotely obsessed with the Beef. Nevertheless, he doesn’t need to remind the reader every 20 pages or so, that without him transcribing, the musically illerate Beefheart would never have got his ideas across in the way that was presented on his records.

At times it really is harrowing. I visited their house in the summer of with Frank Zappa’s wife, Gail, and saw for myself the po In ejes presence, although Beefheart was bewildering with his strange manner of speech, he was always charming, so I was as surprised as other readers to learn of his bullying and brefheart ways, something that John French tells with unflinching honesty.


His own journey through the highs and lows of his relationship makes the heart of this book. For a start, there is a lot more cross-over with Zappa history than I expected and that was already quite a bitespecially at the start of the book, as Van Vleit’s friendship with Zappa and others in the area is considered.

Open Preview See a Problem? I’m not sure what kind of biographer Beefheart deserves. The book maguc have been edited and trimmed. I don’t think it was edited at all. I thought I would never listen to Trout Mask Replica ever again having read what the band had to go through to make it to coming back round to wanting to check out the few later albums I’m not familiar with yet.

Review: Beefheart – Through the Eyes of Magic ~ The Fringe Magazine

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